TEXAS: The pendulum has really swung out there in Texas on the questions of medical marijuana and treating possession of the weed as a fine-only, civil offense. A new poll released today by the advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project found comfortable majority support and nearly a nearly 2-1 margin on both questions.
I’m surprised at this level of support, which has never been this high in past polls.
What’s more surprising is the majority support on the question of outright legalization and regulation, as Colorado and Washington voters approved. The Texas poll shows 58 percent support for that but also a higher percentage of opponents, at 38 percent. Still, wow.
Suddenly, Texas is more in line with national trends on cannabis questions. This is a year where medical marijuana states hit the 20 mark, and the two legalization states began mapping out schemes to tax the weed. Then Attorney General Eric Holder changed federal policy away from prosecuting low-level, non-gang possession suspects, and he announced that the DOJ would not move to shut down marijuana commerce in legalization states, if those states met certain conditions.
Finally, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta said the country has been “systematically misled” about the dangers of pot, and he apologized for his role in that.
Does all this explain the big shift in Texas, or does the fact that an advocacy group’s poll has the new numbers. You be the judge on methodology.
From the Marijuana Policy Project news release: “The survey of 860 randomly selected Texas voters was conducted September 27-29 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3%